Yankees pitcher Chad Green is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of Aug. 15:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||18.7|
|3||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||16.4|
|4||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||16.2|
|5||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||14.4|
|6||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||14.1|
|7||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||14.1|
|8||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||13.4|
|9||Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||tor al||12.7|
|10||Altuve, Jose 3007||2b||hou al||12.5|
Also Monday, Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez rises to 10th place in career Box-Toppers points (since 1995 when Box-Toppers tracking began) after earning Player of the Game honors. Hernandez passes Johan Santana who had been among Box-Toppers “all-time” top 10 players for more than six years.
Player of the Day—Green pitched six scoreless innings, striking out 11 and allowing two hits and no walks, in the 1-0 win over the Blue Jays.
National League Player of the Day—Marlins pitcher David Phelps struck out eight over 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, four hits and one walk, in the 6-3 win over the Reds.
American League Batter of the Day—Adrian Beltre of the Rangers hit a grand slam, going 1-for-2, in the 5-2 win over the Athletics.
Beltre earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 109.8 for his career, rising to 53rd place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Monday, Beltre passes three players on the “all-time” list—Billy Wagner (108.7), Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (109.0) and Jeff Kent (109.7). Beltre now trails 52nd-ranked player Tom Glavine (110.6).
Beltre also has 8.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, rising to seventh place among AL batters.
National League Batter of the Day—Wellington Castillo of the Diamondbacks hit two doubles and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 10-6 win over the Mets.
All-time leadersHere are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
|1||Randy Johnson||pi sp||retired||278.8|
|2||Pedro Martinez||pi sp||retired||244.8|
|3||Curt Schilling||pi sp||retired||194.1|
|5||CC Sabathia||pi sp||nyy al||182.0|
|6||Albert Pujols||1b dh||ana al||181.3|
|7||Clayton Kershaw||pi sp||lad nl||179.3|
|8||Roy Halladay||pi sp||retired||170.7|
|9||Manny Ramirez||lf dh||retired||167.2|
|10||Felix Hernandez||pi sp||sea al||166.7|
|11||Johan Santana||pi sp||free agent||166.6|
|12||Roger Clemens||pi sp||retired||164.8|
|13||John Smoltz||pi sp||retired||160.9|
|14||Tim Hudson||pi sp||retired||157.0|
|15||Zack Greinke||pi sp||ari nl||156.1|
|16||Mike Mussina||pi sp||retired||155.6|
|18||Greg Maddux||pi sp||retired||151.7|
|20||Javier Vazquez||pi sp||retired||148.3|
Hernandez—Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez rises to 10th place in career Box-Toppers points (since 1995 when Box-Toppers tracking began) after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.
Hernandez (6.2IP 4H 2R 4BB 8K W in the 3-2 win over the Angels) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 166.7 for his career. He passes Johan Santana (166.6) on the “all-time” list. Santana has been in the top 10 since July 23, 2010, when he reached 151.9 career Box-Toppers points, passing Greg Maddux (151.7). Hernandez now trails ninth-place player Manny Ramirez (167.2).
Hernandez has 4.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, 15.4 points below his 2015 total of 19.4, when he ranked eighth among all players.
Notable—Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz has the highest Box-Toppers season point total of the 10 who earned Player of the Game honors Monday.
Pomeranz (7.2IP 5H 2R 2BB 6K W in the 3-2 win over the Indians) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.4 for the season, rising to 15th place among all players and fourth among AL pitchers. It is the first point he has earned since being traded from the Padres to the Red Sox July 15.
Scherzer—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer had the chance to take the season Box-Toppers points lead Monday, but did not earn Player of the Game honors in his team’s 5-4 win over the Rockies.
Scherzer (4IP 7H 4R 2BB 3K ND) had a Box-Toppers game score of −10, uncharacteristically low for him. Player of the Game was Jayson Werth (HR 2-4 R 2BI) with a Box-Toppers game score of +1.0.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has led Box-Toppers season player rankings since May 7 and continues to lead even after being on the disabled list for six weeks. Kershaw has 20.0 Box-Toppers points, Scherzer has 18.7. Had Scherzer won overall Player of the Day or NL Player of the Day honors, he would have passed Kershaw for the lead. Kershaw could return to pitch as soon as late August.
Scoring—Green earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Phelps earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Beltre and Castillo each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
About Box-Toppers—Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.
Top player from each game
Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score
|8/15||Score||Game||Player of Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||15.0||NYY 1, TOR 0||Chad Green (W,2-2)||-||-||-||-||6.0||2||0||0||0||11|
|6.0||TB 8, SD 2||Drew Smyly (W,5-11)||-||-||-||-||7.0||1||1||1||2||4|
|NL||4.1||MIA 6, CIN 3||David Phelps (W,6-6)||-||-||-||-||5.1||4||2||2||1||8|
|BAT||4.0||TEX 5, OAK 2||Adrian Beltre, 3B||2||1||1||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.2||KC 3, DET 1||Ian Kennedy (W,7-9)||-||-||-||-||6.2||5||1||1||1||5|
|BAT||3.0||ARI 10, NYM 6||Welington Castillo, C||5||2||4||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||PIT 8, SF 5||Gregory Polanco, RF||4||1||2||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.2||BOS 3, CLE 2||Drew Pomeranz (W,9-9)||-||-||-||-||7.2||5||2||2||2||6|
|2.2||SEA 3, LAA 2||Felix Hernandez (W,7-4)||-||-||-||-||6.2||4||2||2||4||8|
|1.0||WSH 5, COL 4||Jayson Werth, LF||4||1||2||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Box-Toppers point totals of the day’s top playersHere are Box-Toppers point totals of each of the Players of the Game. Players are ranked by their Box-Toppers point total for the current season (16). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (15-16), the period 2011-2016 (11-16) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2016 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2015 total (+/-).
|Player of Game||Pos||Team||16||15-16||11-16||Career||+/-|
|Pomeranz, Drew 3061||pi sp||bos al||11.4||14.4||22.4||22.4||8.4|
|Beltre, Adrian 1141||3b||tex al||8.0||20.5||46.4||109.8||-4.5|
|Kennedy, Ian 2723||pi sp||kc al||8.0||14.7||58.5||64.5||1.3|
|Smyly, Drew 3009||pi sp||tb al||7.4||13.4||35.5||35.5||1.4|
|Phelps, David 2994||pi mr sp||fla nl||5.7||9.1||22.5||22.5||2.3|
|Polanco, Gregory 3361||rf||pit nl||5.5||8.5||12.5||12.5||2.5|
|Werth, Jayson 1664||lf||dc nl||4.5||7.5||21.5||48.7||1.5|
|Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||4.0||23.4||89.4||166.7||-15.4|
|Castillo, Wellington 3251||ca||ari nl||3.0||6.5||9.5||9.5||-0.5|
|Green, Chad 3675||pi sp||nyy al||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0|